JCK Asks…Melissa Joy Manning



Monkeying around with the worldly designerIt’s may not be her official motto, but Melissa Joy ­Manning thinks globally and acts locally. She studied design at the University of Barcelona and silversmithing at the Instituto Allende in Mexico. Her inspiration is all over the map: “The talismans of Mongolia and Tibet end up in my work a lot,” she says. “I also love anything from Papua New Guinea. And I have a personal collection of chieftain necklaces from the Philippines.” Yet the New York City–based designer, who operates a flagship in Berkeley, Calif., buys all her materials from domestic suppliers. So what is Manning’s motto? Sustainability and social responsibility. Plus extra-dirty martinis.Monkey the terrorAge: 40Number of years in the biz: 17Number of employees you oversee: 6Family/pets: Crazy Boston “Terror” called Monkey. He’s great for relieving stress; anyti
JCK PRO

This content is exclusive to JCK Pro subscribers. Subscribe now to access this and much more with discount code GOPRO21 for $199 for an entire year of access (reg. $249).

SUBSCRIBE TO CONTINUE

Already a JCK Pro? Log in

A JCK Pro subscription is your all-access pass to people and resources on the
cutting edge of the retail jewelry industry, from the industry authority you
know and trust

Learn about the Perks of JCK Pro

Log Out

Are you sure you want to log out?

CancelLog out